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CBS
Sep 21, 2011 12:00pm EDT
in prison. their release comes just a day before the president addresses the united nations general assembly. bow and fatal are expected to be flown on a private jet to the gulf state. the three friends met at the university of california at berkeley. the men's families say they are super excited for the release, but won't rest easily until the two are back on american soil. tina krause, cbs news. >>> shane bower is engaged to sarah. he grew up in minnesota. fatal is an environmental activist and it from suburban philadelphia. >>> a new report shows the justice department grossly overpaid for the food that was served at its conferences. a report shows the justice department vastly overpaid, including $8 for each cup of coffee, and $16 for a muffin. the report tracked expenses from 2007 to 2009. the report also showed an exorbitant amount of money spent in 2004 through 2006, including $5 for a swedish meatball. >> clearly, government has not yet been put on a diet that taxpayers can afford to keep. >> overall, the department of justice spent more than $73 million on conferences in 2009. that
CNN
Sep 21, 2011 6:00am PDT
in new york. here's a look at the big week ahead. the general assembly of the united nations will hear from iran and the united kingdom tomorrow. friday, the palestinian leadership expected to make its case. israel will have an opportunity to respond on friday, as well. we'll also hear from greece, which, of course, is dealing with a huge financial crisis right now. it's rippling throughout europe, indeed, throughout the middle east. so, a lot happening right now. we're also, by the way, following another developing story breaking news happening right now. two american hikers go free after two years in iran's most notorious prison. the men were convicted of espionage earlier this year. but a million dollars bail has now secured their release. we're continuing to monitor the situation. we'll bring it to you live as we get more developments. but both of these hikers josh fattal, shane bauer have been freed and they are getting ready to fly to oman and reunite with their family and fly back to the united states. much more on this story coming up. but let's set the stage before the preside
NBC
Sep 22, 2011 4:00am PDT
of the united nations general assembly. palestinian president mahmoud abbas remains determined to take his bid for statehood to the u.n. despite pressure from the u.s. for abbas to instead resume peace talks with israel. nbc's tracie potts joins with us more from washington. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. president obama and the u.s. seem determined to convince him that the united nations is not the place to deal with this issue during his speech to the general assembly yesterday president obama said that peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the u.n. the security council is set to consider tomorrow the palestinian's request for full membership. he met with mahmoud abbas yesterday and also with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. president obama said we are committed to israel's security and the commitment is unbreakable, but there's another option here. they may put off a decision tomorrow on full membership or as the french suggested, they could upgrade the palestinians from observant status to non-member status. bottom line, they have work
NBC
Sep 22, 2011 4:30am EDT
of the united nations general assembly. palestinian president mock mod abbas remains determined to take his bid for statehood to the u.n. despite pressure from the u.s. for abbas to instead resume peace talks with israel. tracie potts joins with us more from washington. good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. president obama addresses directly in his speech before the u.n. general assembly yesterday, he said that people not coming to statements and resolutions at the united nations. he's been pushing for the two sides to restart no,z and in fact the security council is expected to consider that request for full membership, possibly tomorrow. president obama met with both abbas yesterday and israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu. with netanyahu, he reiterated that the u.s. is committed to israel's safety. saying it is unbreakable. they may postpone the decision or french president nicolas sarkozy suggested upgrading their status from voting from nonmember. lynn? >> tracie potts for us in washington, tracie, thank you. >>> here's a look at some other stories making news. "early today
CBS
Sep 21, 2011 6:30pm EDT
at the united nations general assembly in new york. bauer and fattal were released only after the payment of $1 million in bail. the international dissent began which when bauer and fattal along with shroud, mistakenly crossed the border into iran. they were charged with espionage, but shroud was released after 14 months in captivity and after the payment of half a million dollars in bail was made. she spoke with cbs news after her release. >> the most difficult thing i've ever had to did dotreche is leave prison without shane and josh. >> reporter: the families of the hikers issued a statement saying today was the best day of their lives. scott, it's not known how long those families will stay in oman but it's expected they'll be back in the united states in a matter of days. >> pelley: seth, thank you. today, the federal reserve took a look at the economy and decided to take another extraordinary step to try to jump start the recovery. the fed will shift some of its holdings to long-term u.s. bonds to try to make mortgage mortgagd business lones cheaper. wall street was not impressed, however
PBS
Sep 21, 2011 6:00pm PDT
a news session of the united nations general assembly there is no shortcut to peace in the middle east. this session looks likely to be dominated by palestinian demands for full statehood, to be submitted in writing. president obama has called for more direct talks between palestinians and israelis. there are warnings of the american stance could provoke a new cycle of violence. jeremy bowen reports from new york. >> middle east diplomacy temporarily transferred to new york can snarl up traffic. but it seems unable to match the challenges of a conflict that is once again looking dangerous. >> it is time for us to say not on our watch. >> supporters of both sides were there. israel is keeping pressure on the obama administration to veto any palestinian application for u.n. membership. pro palestinians pushing for a seat of the un has a giant step toward independence. even with the prospect of an american veto, palestinians are climbing some victories. they have put back the issue not just of u.n. membership, but their independence on an international agenda. a year ago, president obama
CBS
Sep 21, 2011 5:00pm EDT
to get that behind the scenes. president obama told the united nations general assembly there are no shortcuts to ending the conflict in the middle east. >> peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the united nations. if it were that easy, it would be accomplished by now. >> the president is trying to convince mahmoud abas not to ask for formal recognition of a palestinian state on friday. the president says he supports a palestinian state, but only one that results from an agreement between palestinians and isrealis. >> the deadlock will only be broken when each side learns to stand in the other shoes. >> following the speech, the president met with isreali prime minister, benjamin. >> they want to achieve an international community, but they are not prepared yet to give peace to israel in return. >> president obama affected privately here in new york. but u.s. officials admit, it's unlikely the palestinians will change their minds. >> what's wrong with negotiating it state to state? why do we have to be occupied? >> the white house promises the
CNN
Sep 20, 2011 12:00pm PDT
coming up. >>> then, while president obama is in new york at the united nations general assembly meeting, then she overcame torture and cancer before becoming president of brazil. a look at her in today's "human factor." to the same challenges. but at prudential we're helping companies everywhere find new solutions to manage risk, capital and employee benefits, so american business can get on with business. ♪ >>> want to let you know what's happening right now. take a look at this live satellite picture here. thousands of people need to get out of the way of a typhoon that's about to hit japan. chad myers has been watching this thing swirling. he'll explain where this massive storm equal to a category 3 hurricane is aiming for hours from now. we'll get to chad momentarily. >>> first, james carville has a lot of advice for the president as of late. he's not at all shier about sharing it. the longtime democratic strategist and cnn distributor says president obama is showing a new aggressiveness. he says it's about time. james carville joins me live. james, you're pretty intense about thi
CBS
Sep 21, 2011 5:00am PDT
as iran president mahmoud ahmadinejad is visiting new york for a united nations general assembly session. he is supposed to speak thursday. it's been very controversial, of course. but they are going to be home. >> yeah. all those steps following just like the way sarah shourd was released, so it looks like it could be even better news, you know, no snags. >> exactly. >> reporter: the attorney doesn't foresee any major problems with that. so here's hoping. >> and the family, can you just imagine the parents of those two men? >> they have been fighting for this whole time. >> reporter: they really have been keeping it alive in the media so it's just unbelievable. we'll have to see their homecoming later on. >> can only imagine. thank you, stephanie chuang. >>> a five-year-old girl shot in san francisco's bayview district. anne makovec is at the bayview police station with the search for that gunman. she joins with us more. anne, good morning. >> reporter: you might imagine, frank, police are under a lot of pressure to solve this crime as soon as possible because the victim is a 5-year-old
CNN
Sep 22, 2011 8:00am PDT
another story -- 193 nations meeting today at the united nations general assembly in new york. but there is one -- one speaker, that's set to take the stage and is certain to spark a bit of controversy. with gadhafi gone perhaps the most controversial figure at this week's united nations general assembly meeting is now iran's president, mahmoud ahmadinejad. he's set to take stage at the u.n., a platform he's used before to spark both outrage and fear. in 2006, he famously denied the holocaust. at colombia university in 2007, he claimed there were in gays in iran. in 2009 he denied the holocaust again causing many u.n. delegates to walk out. and last year, ahmadinejad implied 9/11 could have been an inside job by the united states. but beyond ahmadinejad's words, iran's actions matter to the u.s. because iran proves itself, time and time again, to be a dang dangerous wild card in a volatile region. just in the past year, iran resisted the arab spring, launching attacks on protesters. it was reminiscent of the violent response to iran's green revolution in 2009 when iranians cam
CNN
Sep 22, 2011 11:00am EDT
economy. looking at live pictures from the united nations general assembly. we have already seen protests in the street outside of the u.n. over his very appearance. we'll take that live when it begins. >>> the topic ahmadinejad could weigh in on today is palestinian statehood as well. it is a proposal we are expecting to hear tomorrow when the palestinian leader mahmoud abbas addresses the united nations. so how do you have a state without borders, right? our fionnuala will take a look at finding those dividing lines in jerusalem. >> reporter: more than 0 years ago the late yasser arafat declared a palestinian state. it didn't happen. so why is israel worried now? well, precisely because of places like this. this settlement on the 1967 borders and juxtapositions between jerusalem to my left and ramallah behind me, just some ten miles apart. this hill top has been the site of many a strategic battle between israel and arab nations. prize -- jerusalem. today a different kind of battle is being played out in the valleys below. the separation barrier divides israeli from palestinian literall
ABC
Sep 21, 2011 4:00pm PDT
and his administration speaking to reporters in new york after addressing the united nations general assembly, spoke foekusing on the thorny issue of the palestinian request for statehood. >> president obama didn't say they'd veto an attempt for palestinian statehood but it was implied. >> peace will not come at statements and resolution. if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished now. >> the u.s. wants to push leaders back to the negotiating table. >> we believe any lasting peace must acknowledge the very real security concerns that israel faces every day. >> the president met with the prime minister and wants leaders to denounce hamas leadership in the gaza strip. the two territories along with east jerusalem will makeup a new palestinian state. >> they want to achieve a state with international community but not prepared yet to give peace to israel. >> later today the president will meet with mahmoud abbas. and. >> this is morally and legally correct what we're trying to do. >> french president says negotiations should begin within the month and a formal agreement reach
ABC
Sep 22, 2011 4:00am PDT
president, mahmoud ahmadinejad, is set to speak to the united nations general assembly today. none of that matters to the families. it wasn't american soil. but it was the next best thing. as the families of shane bauer and josh fattal greeted them in oman. the first taste of freedom for the 29-year-olds after spending more than two years as prisoners in iran. >> we're so happy we are free. and so relieved we are free. >> reporter: the omani government flew them out of iran and reportedly paid their $1 million bail. for bauer, it meant a reunion with sarah shourd, his fiancee, who was with them when they were captured. but spent only half as much time behind bars. >> two years in prison is too long. and we sincerely hope for the freedom of other political prisoners and other unjustly imprisoned people in america and iran. >> reporter: the three were arrested in 2009, while they were hiking along iran's border with iraq. they never realized they crossed into iran. they were arrested for trespassing. then, bauer and fattal were arrested for spying. they were sentenced for eight years
ABC
Sep 21, 2011 5:00am EDT
the palestinians to drop their bid for statehood when he addresses the united nation's general assembly later on today. the u.s. has threatened to veto the move. the president is scheduled to meet with israeli and palestinian leaders. the last two months of hurricane season could be active ones. a forecaster is predicting four more hurricanes between now and november. two could become major storms. this comes as tropical storm ophelia churns in the atlantic. that's the last news we need. we're going to get to a story you saw first on abc 7 and wjla.com. two prince george's county police officers are now facing charges. they are accused of beating a university of maryland student. it happened after the means basketball team defeated duke 3. -- duke. good morning. >> good morning. it all happened here along this street in college park. now two officers, register nalt -- reginald baker and james harrison are facing very serious charges including first-degree assault as well as misconduct in office. this video that a student photographer here at the university of
FOX
Sep 21, 2011 5:00pm EDT
as an independent country. president obama addressed the united nation's general assembly. what does the -- is the u.s. going to do about this? >> reporter: officials made it clear that they will veto any effort to fully recognize palestine. palestinians will formerly ask the u.n. for statehood on friday but president obama wants -- is rejecting the move and wants them to negotiate directly with israel. abbas walked through the united nation doors and president obama made it clear he would not walk out with u.n. recognition of a palestinian state. >> the genuine peace can be realized between israelis and the palestinians themselves. >> reporter: the president said the u.n. should not formally recognize palestine and asked both sides to return to the stalled middle east peace talks. >> the israelis and palestinians, not us, who must reach an agreement on issues that divide them. on borders and on security o refugees and jerusalem. >> reporter: the palestinians are expected to ask the u.n. to formally recognize them on friday and the joint meeting as
CNN
Sep 16, 2011 2:00pm PDT
a renewed appeal today to the united nations before world leaders address the general assembly in new york next week. >> translator: we are going now to the united nations to demand our legitimate fight, which is to become a full member of the united nations as a state of palestine. >> united states and israel are warning u.n. membership would complicate the middle east peace process. richard roth has more on the palestini palestinian's options and obstacles. >> the nations of the world got yet another reminder from the palestinians of their desire for a state of their own. a symbolic seat from palestine was flown in, arriving in new york at u.n. headquarters, accompanied by activists. despite having pressure before the up coming debate, achieving state hood on the world stage is not as easy as staging a photo op. this is the potential first stop for the palestinians to apply for u.n. membership. this is the u.n. security counsel, though this chamber may pose the toughest obstacle. under the rules of the organization and u.n. charter, the palestinians must first get approval from the secur
CNN
Sep 20, 2011 3:00am PDT
at the traffic in new york city to know that the united nations general assembly is underway. >> absolutely. because the streets are clogged. president obama and the new libyan leadershiping for face-to-face talks at the united nations and the stakes could note be higher. moammar gadhafi reportedly starving citizens. the president arrived in new york yesterday. front and center at the united nations. cnn senior correspondent, u.n. correspondent, i should say, richard roth joins us this morning. so this would be the first face-to-face meeting between president obama and the national transitional council? >> a good deferment for the obama administration, able to champion at that meeting and with the other diplomats, their way did work, although fighting remains. and helps solidify this new government in libya. the flag actually flew over the united nations monday for the first time, removing that green gadhafi flag. jaleel, of the national council, will be there and libya will have to set out what kind of government it will be. helping transportation igsly with idea, a big operation to help p
CNN
Sep 20, 2011 2:00pm PDT
. ♪ ♪ >>> very busy week here in new york city. president obama is here for the united nations general assembly, at the same time former president clinton is presiding over his clinton global initiative. this afternoon i sat down with the former president for a wide ranging interview. i asked about a controversial remark by one of his former top campaign advisers. you know, james carville, a man you know well, our cnn contributor, democratic strategist, worked with you for a long time, he says it's time for the president and the white house to panic, to fire people, to indict people. he's just, sees what's happening, that special election here in new york city. you see carville is right? >> no. i think the first -- it's never a good thing for the president to panic. i think they need to focus as much as they can on like what we did when we just announced the afl-cio and the american federation of teachers and their pension funds and their allies are doing what the banking system should be doing, they're out there, they are funding major building retrofits and they're going to put thousands and
MSNBC
Sep 23, 2011 4:00am EDT
city in the world, let alone this country is. but still, when the united nations general assembly convenes in new york city, even in a city like new york, you feel it. and you feel it not just because of all the traffic that it causes but because there is a sudden international influx of world leaders and their entourages and their issues. even the protests change. new york city always has protests. but it's only when the u.n. is in session that we have something like this, an anti-iran, russia, china, syria protest being led by activists from egypt, iran, palestine, syria, tunisia, and yemen. in terms of protests inside the u.n., though, this year was a particularly good year for what's come to be known as the annual walk out on mahmoud day. this happens every year. the president of iran, mahmoud ahmadinejad, stands up to give a speech. shirt, jacket, no tie. he's very short. he gets up to give his speech. he starts denying the holocaust. he starts demonizing america. now he's also a 9/11 truther, for the record. and every year like clockwork when he does that speech in that suit
CNN
Sep 18, 2011 3:00am PDT
of palestinian statehood could be front and center on the agenda at the united nations general assembly this week. palestinian president mahmoud abbas expected to apply to the u.n. for statehood status as early as tomorrow. it will go to the u.n. security council, and that is where the united states has threatened to veto the move because of concerns it would derail the u.s.-backed middle east peace process and the talks with israel. >> already diminished american credibility is going to be diminished further. there's no question about that. we are neither admired, feared, nor respected in this region. >> israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu said the palestinian plan to get in the u.n. won't work. he made the statement in a cabinet meeting this morning. both netanyahu and abbas scheduled to speak to the general assembly on friday. the president speaks to the u.n. on wednesday. >>> by now, you may know the name, troy davis. he is a death row inmate who many people is about to be executed, but he's innocent. he's facing his execution on wednesday after killing a police officer back in 1989. bu
FOX News
Sep 21, 2011 4:00pm PDT
at the united nations general assembly. so while he ignored questions about the israeli palestinian peace process, for instance, as he left the u.n. building earlier, he was happy to stop and talk about the hikers. listen. >> wonderful news about the hikers. we are thrilled. i could not feel better for their families and those moms who we have been in close contact with. it's a wonderful day for them and for us. >> other officials also talked about those sort of happy sentiments but also reminded us all, shep, that the iranians should never have arrested the two plus the woman, share shourd who was released a year ago in the first place, that iranian behavior was unacceptable in holding them for so long and reminding us that those two men, in effect, lost two years of their lives in an iranian prison. shep? >> back to the question of timing. it seems obvious there are no coincidences here. >> no coincidence at all that this release comes just a day before president mahmoud ahmadis due to addressed u.n. general assembly. look for his chief of staff that this was an act of iranian compassio
FOX News
Sep 21, 2011 3:00pm PDT
north of here in new york where the united nations general assembly is meeting. the big issue is the changing face of the middle east and what to do about the palestinians. at this hour, president obama is scheduled to meet with the head of the palestinian authority and senior white house foreign affairs correspondent wendell goler reports the president admitted earlier things have not worked out as he had hoped. >> a year after telling the u.n. general assembly it might be able to recognize a new state of palestine at this session, president obama admitted his disappointment. >> i know that many are frustrated by the lack of progress. i assure you, so am i. the question isn't the goal that we seek. the question is how do we reach that goal? >> mr. obama also said the u.n. can't resolve the issues standing in the way of palestinian statehood. >> ultimately, it's the israelis and the palestinians, not us, who must reach agreement on issues that divide them. on borders and on security. on refugees and jerusalem. >> his aides have already said the u.s. will veto a security counci
CBS
Sep 22, 2011 5:00am PDT
comes as iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad speaks at the united nations general assembly today. president obama spoke yesterday saying now is not the time to grant palestine's request for statehood. the president says an independent palestine needs to emerge from peace negotiations with israel. >>> and today the president will stop in ohio to promote his job creation plan. mr. obama will visit a rundown brimming in cincinnati to highlight the type -- bridge in cincinnati to highlight the type of infrastructure project his proposal would create. the bridge also connects ohio and kentucky the home states of republican house speaker john boehner and senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. >>> coming soon to facebook, music, movies and streaming media. today the social media giant is set to announce new features aimed at engaging its millions of users. facebook developers meet in san francisco this morning. ceo mark zuckerberg is expected to roll out new partnerships at the conference. the goal is to make facebook more social for users as they share music, tv shows and other media.
MSNBC
Sep 20, 2011 10:00am EDT
a pressure cooker at the u.n. today. the united nations general assembly is now in session with world leaders facing a showdown over palestinian statehood. palestinian president mahmoud abbas wants of the u.n. to vote on palestinian membership as early as this week. but the u.s. and israel are deeply opposed to the move. nbc's ron allen is live at the u.n. for us. ron, what's the president saying about this? >> reporter: well, the president, the secretary of state, the united states basically has been saying they will veto any move by the palestinians to get statehood before the security council. it's just a nonstarter. the u.s. position is that the road to peace goes through r ramallah, the palestinian capital and tel-aviv and israel. they have made it clear they will not support this. the united states also does not want to be left in the position of standing with israel, perhaps against much of the rest of the outside world, vetoing a measure that favors the palestinians, particularly in the context of the arab spring. so the u.s. is trying to jump-start negotiations, which seem to be happ
MSNBC
Sep 21, 2011 5:00pm EDT
this vote today. today president obama told the united nations general assembly that the united states, our country, would not support the palestinian bid to create a state through the u.n. opposing something many of the country's allies in the arab world strongly support. let's watch our president. >> peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the united nations. if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now. >> he also used the occasion of his 47-minute address to defend israel in front of a body that has been, and we all know, this historically hostile to israel. let's listen. >> america's commitment to israel's security is unshakeable. our friendship with israel is deep and enduring. israel, a small country of less than 8 million people, look out at a world where leaders of much larger nations threaten to wipe it off the map. the jewish people carry the burden of centuries of exile and persecution and fresh memories of knowing that 6 million people were killed simply because of who they are. >> howard, you know, i've done some looking up on this like we all
MSNBC
Sep 21, 2011 8:00pm EDT
nations general assembly about the intrans-genes je intransgency. the president declared palestinians must first make peace with israel before statehood is a possibility and reiterated his position that the u.s. will oppose the effort by the palestinian authority to seek u.n. recognition of a palestinian state. >> peace is hard work. peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the united nations. if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now. ultimately, it is the israelis and the palestinians who must live side by side. ultimately it is the israelis and palestinians, not us, who must reach agreement on issues that divide them. >> here's how the prime minister of israel scored president obama's handling of the attempt to secure u.n. sanction statehood. >> i think that standing your ground, taking this position of principle, which is also i think is the right way to achieve peace, i think this is a badge of honor. and i want to thank you for wearing that badge of honor and also i express my hope that others will follow your example. >> the leading republican pre
CNN
Sep 21, 2011 8:00am PDT
speakers making a stand on the world stage this week at the 66th united nations general assembly taking place in new york. everything from the teetering global markets, the future of libya, famine in so somalia. all those things are on the table. after a year of seismic, big decisions, it's the power plays happening behind closed doors that are making a difference. president obama is meeting privately with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu to talk about the road to peace. the potential for a palestinian state. the president's also going to meet with the palestinian leader, mahmoud abbas, separately, that's happening later today. abbas expected to demand statehood this friday in front of the general assembly. that would be a huge change to the face of the region. something neither united states or israel wants to see happen without having a hand in the negotiations. the president made his own address to the general assembly about that this morning. >> i know that many are frustrated by the lack of progress. i say sure you, so am i. but the question isn't the goal that we seek, th
CNN
Sep 21, 2011 11:00am EDT
to the general assembly. >> peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the united nations. if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now. ultimately it's the israelis and the palestinians who must live side by side. ultimately it is the realitilies and the palestinians not us who must reach agreement on issues who divide them. [ chanting ] >> thousands of palestinians poured into the streets in ramallah today to support state hood. the west bank city is the seat of the palestinian parliament. >>> this is a shocking scene, it's quite disturbing, orchestrated by mexican drug cartels. drivers left two trucks filled with bodies sitting in the mid of a highway in the tourist town of boca del rio. some of the 35 corporation corp on to the streets. investigators believe some of the dead were rival drug traffickers. >>> typhoon roke is blasting japan this week, with 100-mile-per-hour winds. 17 inches falling so far in some places. the storm is brushing past tokyo right now. it is pushing into the area address wrecked by the earthquake and tsunami last march. >> repo
CNN
Sep 21, 2011 10:00am PDT
. if there was just a vote -- just needed for a vote in the united nations general assembly, it would overwhelmingly be approved very quickly. to get that full membership as a member state of the united states, you need the security council to approve it. you need nine states, nine members of the u.n. security council, 15 members all together that are ready to support it. you also have to avoid a veto by one of the five permanent members of the u.n. security council. president obama says the u.s. will use that veto. the security council isn't going to authorize full membership for the palestinians but they're trying to avoid that veto if at all possible. >> it seems to me the president has to -- talking about president obama -- he's walking a bit of a fine line here. really, i know you can speak to this, this isn't just a diplomatic issue but this is a domestic issue as well. we have the jewish vote at stake here for president obama and what happened in new york with the election for anthony weiner's seat which had been vacated. what do you make of that? >> well, it's become a huge political issue.
CNN
Sep 19, 2011 10:00am PDT
leaderers are gathering in new york city for the annual opening of the united nations general assembly. the palestinians' bid for full membership is expected to dominate the meetings. the united nations all 193 nations, are representeded in the general assembly. you can consider the general assembly really the main policy making body of the u.n., like our congress. but each country, rich or poor, small or large, gets equal representation. one vote. a full range of international issues is on the table, including historic talks today on diseases such as hiv, diabetes and cancer. but the big question weighing over this session is whether the u.n. will recognize palestine as a state. let's go straight to our senior state department producer elise labott. we understand that the u.n. secretary-general and the palestinian president mahmoud abbas met today. do you have any details about the meeting? >> we're hearing from the palestinians and from the united nations president abbas told ban ki-moon he's making good on his promise to go to the u.n. security council later this week to apply for f
CBS
Sep 22, 2011 7:00am EDT
to the united nations general assembly later today. >> charlie d'agata in london, thank you. joining is shane bauer's brother-in-law, nate lindstrom. he joins us here this morning. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> i know you had a chance to speak to your wife nicole via skype a bit ago. what is she saying about the reunion? >> she was still pretty much speechless. she was very, very excited. she looked very relieved. everybody is really happy to be together right now. >> i know, obviously, you're not in oman for the reunion. what was it like for you having been a part of this ordeal the last two years to see it unfold on television and to see those images? >> when i finally saw the plane land, that's when i knew it was over. it was a huge relief for me. >> this has been a painstaking two years for your entire family. beyond the relief of, obviously, bringing the boys home, what do you think this moment is going to be like for your family when everybody is able to come home and be together and finally put this whole ordeal behind them? >> boy, i don't know. it's something we have all l
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